Running Foot Strike

There are many different ways that we can improve our running efficiency; the foot strike is one of them. There are three basic ways that human beings tend to plant their foot on the ground, the fore-foot strike, the mid-foot strike and the rear-foot strike.


When we land with a mid-foot strike we get a shorter stride length and a higher step frequency. In other words, a mid-foot strike enables us to take many short steps at a faster pace. With this foot strike our body has to absorb less shock because the foot has less contact time with the ground.  Try focusing on your mid-foot strike next time you hit the trail, track or treadmill!


Rothschild,Carey. “Running Barefoot or in Minimalist  Shoes: Evidence or Conjecture?”Strength and Conditioning Journal. 2012.1-10.

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